Dear Avoca West Parents,
It is with great pleasure that I take this opportunity to introduce
Mrs. Toni Kappel, the interim Principal who will be filling in for Dr.
Gendel during her maternity leave. Mrs. Kappel has 20 years of
experience as an elementary school administrator, 15 of those as the
Principal of Willow Bend Elementary School in Rolling Meadows. Known for its diversity and innovative use of technology, Willow Bend earned the National Blue Ribbon Award in 2007.
Toni Kappel has been a friend and mentor to me for my entire
professional career. She was my Assistant Principal when I began
teaching, and we both served as Principals in neighboring schools
within the same district. Toni’s impact on my professional career has
been profound. She was the person who encouraged me to become an
administrator, and, when I felt that I needed a new professional
challenge, it was Toni who introduced me to her friend Joe Porto, who
was then the Superintendent of the Avoca School District.
Mrs. Kappel has stayed very active in the educational community since
her retirement in 2009. She currently works for the North Cook
Intermediate Service Center (NCISC), an organization established by
the Illinois State Board of Education to support school districts in
our geographic area and provide training and resources to all levels
of school operations and staff. For NCISC Toni serves as a principal
mentor and school improvement plan facilitator among other things.
She has also served in an interim Principal capacity previously and
understands the unique responsibilities that accompany this
Though Dr. Gendel’s due date is not until the middle of April, we have
already proactively begun the transition process. We introduced Mrs.
Kappel to most of the Avoca West student body at the 2nd Grade musical performance today and will have her meet the rest of the students in their classrooms over the first few days of next week. She will spend several days at Avoca West transitioning over the next few weeks and will take over as Principal when Dr. Gendel’s maternity leave begins.
We invite you to an informal “meet and greet” at Avoca West Elementary
School this Wednesday, March 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., just
prior to our regularly scheduled PTC meeting. If you cannot attend
that event, Mrs. Kappel will do a second “meet and greet” on Thursday,
March 21, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Avoca West ITC.
Please help me in welcoming Mrs. Toni Kappel to the Avoca family!
Kevin Jauch, Ed.D.